Monday, March 12, 2012

Château Bellevue La Randée 2009

Château Bellevue La Randée 2009
Proprietaire a Galgon
Gironde, France

45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.

To begin with, the color of this wine is an astonishingly dense, black garnet.  A burnished, earthy red.  One is immediately treated to spicy plum & licorice on the nose, followed in time with the subtlest undercurrent of caramel.  Excellent red fruits of cassis, currant & plum along with lush fig and truffles create a beautifully soft mouth feel.  As it opens, dark chocolate overtones.  Subtle perfume.  Coffee liqueur.  With generous amounts of earth and well balanced tannins, this 2009 vintage is expressive & powerful, and an amazing value.  I love this wine!

One must always try a wine on day 2 or 3 (if possible!) to see how it holds up. 
La Randée truly opened up even more with time and I suspect this vintage would be a good one for the cellar!  Enjoy with a luscious beef stew ... or boeuf bourguignon in true French style!

This wine may be found at Old Port Wine Merchants, 223 Commercial St., Portland, ME.

Next blog, a little background info about the winemaker, Jean-Luc Thunevin!


  1. Great description...must be all those critiques in art school. Ive enjoyed this wine many times ! Looking forward to passing through the blog and keeping updated on some good drink... one suggestion/request ? Would you be so kind to tell us from which distributor the wine is coming from.

  2. Ha - Thanks Luke! I'm glad you've discovered this wine already - a testament to your palate!

    It comes from Central Distributors via MS Walker (the supplier).

    Enjoy! Lisa